Former Jets C Kevin Mawae was not among the players selected on Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2018.
Mawae, who spent 16 seasons in the NFL, was among 15 finalists who were being considered. Former Jets DB Ty Law was also among the finalists but did not get selected.
"If I don't make it, I'll still be happy I'm one of the 15," Mawae said earlier in the week, according to the Jets' website. "If you're one of the 15, like I am now, you're one of the best 400 guys who ever put on an NFL football helmet."
Mawae's former teammate Curtis Martin, already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, gave credit to Mawae for not only blocking for him but for his intelligence on the field.
"Kevin is the one teammate who is most responsible for me being in the Hall of Fame," Martin said. He knew the game so well that he was like a second quarterback on the field. I've never seen an offensive lineman with more agility than Kevin. In fact, he was more agile than many of the fullbacks in the NFL. His leadership and ability always gave us an advantage."
Mawae, who was drafted by the Seahawks in 1994 before signing with the Jets in 1998, played for the Titans from 2006 until retiring in 2010. He was a seven-time first-team All Pro, eight-time pro bowler, and became a member of the Jets' ring of honor in 2017.